ITHACA, N.Y.—A heat advisory has been issued until 8 p.m by the National Weather Service as the nationwide rash of high temperatures hit Tompkins County in full force.

As of 3 p.m., temperatures have reached at least 93 degrees in downtown Ithaca and it feels like 100 degrees. (In this editor’s opinion, it feels much warmer than 100 degrees)

Rain may provide a break from the heat Thursday, but until then, the heat will continue until morale improves. One of the ways to improve morale can be with cooling centers, announced by the Health Department, at GIAC, local libraries, and more.

“The Greater Ithaca Activities Center, located at 301 West Court Street, is available today, Wednesday, July 20, as a cooling center,” one announcement states. “Anyone wanting to/needing to come inside for a bit to soak in some air conditioning and escape this blistering heat is welcome.”

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at